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CNM Theatre Department Presents ‘The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek’, Opening Nov. 8

The student cast and design team will take the audience on a journey of grief, young love, and poignant self-discovery.
CNM Theatre Department  Presents ‘The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek’, Opening Nov. 8
CNM students Isaac Galarneau, who plays Dalton, and Anastacia MacArthur, who plays Pace, rehearse a scene.

Oct 24, 2019

Central New Mexico Community College’s Theatre Department is proud to present The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek by Naomi Wallace, beginning Nov. 8 at CNM’s Coal Avenue Theatre.

A coming-of-age story told against the backdrop of rural America during the Great Depression, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek is the ­­­­­haunting tale of Dalton Chance and Pace Creagan, teenagers living in a hopeless town in 1930s middle America. Dalton and Pace form an unlikely friendship as they attempt to run across the trestle of an oncoming train. This game unsurprisingly ends in tragedy, with one teenager dead and one in jail. Told through flashbacks, the play takes its audience on a journey of grief, young love, and poignant self-discovery.

“This production of The Trestle of Pope Lick Creek focuses on how human beings — young and old — adapt their lives to try and find joy and excitement in an otherwise bleak and desolate life,” says Lori Uebelhart, director and CNM faculty member. “And how given circumstances — in this case poverty and economic disparity — may hinder the trajectory of one’s life, but it cannot hinder the human spirit. In the end, this play is about two teenagers who cannot escape their circumstances; ultimately they cheat death in order to feel alive.”

Uebelhart is particularly excited that the production’s five-person cast and design team, including CNM’s first-ever dramaturg, are comprised entirely of CNM students.

The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek first premiered at the Humana Festival of New American plays in Louisville, Kentucky. Critic Judith Egerton said of that production, “the honor for the most original and memorable work of this year’s 22nd Humana Festival goes to another Kentuckian, Naomi Wallace, for her brilliant The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek … After the two-act play ended with… a gender-twisted climax, there was a moment in the darkness when I thought: ‘This must be how it felt when people saw A Streetcar Named Desire for the very first time.’”

CNM’s Theatre Department focuses on creating evocative theatrical productions, while training students to use theatrical skill sets such as design, research, performance and collaboration. CNM offers an associate degree in Theatre that introduces students to the basics of theatre, acting, and production. 

The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek runs for two weekends beginning Nov. 8 – Friday and Saturday nights (Nov. 8, 9, 15 & 16) at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees (Nov. 10 & 17) at 2 p.m. All performances will take place at CNM’s Coal Avenue Theatre (The CAT), a black-box theatre that is located on Coal Avenue between University Boulevard and Buena Vista Drive, on CNM’s Main Campus. Tickets are $5 for everyone, general admission. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit cnm.edu/cat.